Mary Selecky http://www.kplu.org en Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads http://www.kplu.org/post/changing-guardian-health-smoking-reaches-crossroads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since 1998, Washington is getting a new secretary of health. Mary </span>Selecky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is retiring, and her replacement starts today.</span></p><p>Selecky has been a familiar face during health emergencies, such as the pandemic flu. She made tobacco her top health priority, and saw smoking rates drop year after year. But, as she steps down, the anti-smoking crusade is at a crossroads. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8392 at http://www.kplu.org Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads Northwest states move to counter rise in child immunization waivers http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-states-move-counter-rise-child-immunization-waivers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960681.mp3</p><p>Record numbers of parents in the Northwest are seeking waivers from mandatory child immunization requirements. The trend alarms public health officials. They say it creates increased risk for disease outbreaks. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are all moving to sway vaccine skeptics.<br /><br /> All U.S. states require parents to immunize their children before sending them to school. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:35:07 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1111 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest states move to counter rise in child immunization waivers Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits http://www.kplu.org/post/smoking-prevention-saves-millions-fewer-hospital-visits <P>Washington state says it has evidence its anti-tobacco program is not only saving lives but saving money for taxpayers.&nbsp; That comes as the program faces near elimination because of budget cuts.&nbsp; Thu, 18 Nov 2010 02:21:57 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 167 at http://www.kplu.org Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits